The Joshua White Collection

Artist, Videomaker and broadcast television director, Joshua White, is perhaps best known as the innovator of the Liquid Lightshow. His "Joshua Lightshow"  was the most important and best known of the 1960s and 1970s liquid light shows. Whites' work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.  
Historic Films is proud to be representing and housing Whites' film work going back to the early 1960s and including previously unseen footage shot in the late 1960s at the legendary FILLMORE EAST music venue in New York City. Also Included is 35mm color footage of White's late 1960s Liquid Lightshow.  White was the "go to guy" to film large venue music festivals and rock concerts and the library includes footage shot at several  important early rock festivals.  Other highlights of the collection include 30 minutes of color back  plate footage shot on the streets of Harlem in the late 1960s and extensive color footage of the 1968 Easter Parade along 5th Avenue. All of Joshua White's footage is currently being scanned and is available for licensing.

Highlights from our Library:

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    WOODSTOCK 1969 - The Amalie Rothschild Collection

    This collection includes footage from the ORIGINAL Woodstock Festival, filmed in 16mm color by Amalie Rothschild. Browse…
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    Soul Street

    Historic Films is proud to offer licensing of performers from the only surviving episodes of this early African American music variety show. Browse…
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    Don Kirshner's Rock Concert

    The 1973 premiere featured The Rolling Stones, taped in London, in their first appearance on American TV in four years. Browse…
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    The ED SULLIVAN Show

    Beginning in 1948 and hosted by ED SULLIVAN, this show became America's most popular and enduring variety show for 23 years. Browse…

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This astounding festival featured the likes of a young JOHNNY WINTER, Memphis STAX VOLT  RECORDS legends THE BAR-KAYS with RUFUS THOMAS, country blues legends BUKKA WHITE, SLEEPY JOHN ESTES, MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL and many others.  Gene Rosenthal, owner of indie label Adelphi filmed approximately 17 hours of performances on 16mm film and abandoned the project after blowing the remaining budget on film processing. It sat in Rosenthal's archive until two years ago when Bruce Watson and Mathew Johnson of Fat Possum Records resurrected it. HISTORIC FILMS is proud to offer clip licensing for this iconic slice of musical history, It also features  footage of the oldest Blues Man of all time, Nathan Beauregard born in 1863 was 106 years old when he was filmed at the Festival in 1969!

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